This land, this water, this air, this planet –
this is our legacy to our young. ~Paul Tsongas
People must feel that the natural world is important
and valuable and beautiful and wonderful
and an amazement and a pleasure. ~David Attenborough
Blessed be my little witch. To those who came before and those who will come after, know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed. ~GrannyMoon
Dark Moon – Time to Rest
New Moon – Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon – Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon – Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon – Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon – Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon – Time to Rest Again
Light A Candle Today!
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.
29: Full Moon – Long Nights Moon at 10:30 pm. Now is a good season for spiritual alchemy. It’s time to evaluate your life, and know that you’ll survive the dark times. If you’ve already put the darkness behind you, take your good fortune and share it with others.
31: Festival of Hogmanay ~ The Crone preparing to depart, winter at its height; Crone, old and withered year changes at midnight into young and fresh New Year. Hag’s Eve.
31: Egyptian Lucky Day of Sekmet – the ravaging lioness, with her burning solar eye, is the destroyer/devourer aspect of the Goddess.
31: New Year’s Eve
Current Moon Phase: Waxing Moon
Time: From New Moon To Full (Approx. 14 Days)
Goddess Aspect: Maiden
Associated Goddesses: Artemis, Branwen, Eriu, Nymph, Epona
Magickal Attributes: Invoking Beginnings, New Projects, Ideas, Inspiration, Energy, Vitality, Freedom. Workings On This Day Are For “Constructive” Magick (Love, Wealth, Success, Courage, Friendship, Luck Or Health.) Perform magic on waxing moons to attract a new quality or behavior, to increase the light within, to attain personal and spiritual growth and greater awareness. The quarter moon suggests a period of overcoming obstacles and continuing on the path to growth.
High Priestess Training with GrannyMoon
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During this course, in addition to the on-line lessons and hands-on projects that you do at home, I will be sending you articles, and information, as well as questions about your own personal use and research.
I look forward to walking this green journey with you! I love herbs and I hope that you do to or will learn to!
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The Magic of Crystals
Quartz crystals are a gift from the earth. They have the ability to amplify or strengthen the things in you that are positive.
Quartz can strengthen your ability to be a loving person, and can enhance your abilities to enjoy life and accomplish the things you want in life.
Quartz can reduce stress, help with centering, strengthen, have wonderful healing properties and surround you with protection!
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December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021.
The last week of 2020 begins with a Full Moon in the sign of Cancer. Family matters and personal security may be a major theme throughout the week. Otherwise, it’s a great time to clear up issues from the past. On Wednesday, Venus forms a tough square to Neptune. Romantic confusion could lead to disappointment on New Year’s Eve. Try to avoid falling into victim mindsets. Finally, the New Year brings in a decent aspect between Mercury and Neptune. Your creative juices may overflow. This is a great time to begin creative projects. Spiritual matters may surface. The best candles for this week are Blessed Herbal Happy Home, Hoo Doo Adam and Eve, and Affirmation Meditation.
Here’s what you missed on CoventryCreations.com this week…
Full Moon in Cancer December 29, 2020
The Full Moon is in Cancer on December 29th. Cancer Full Moon’s are great for resolving family issues, strengthening family bonds, making changes to your house and home, and even doing a little cooking magic. This month’s candle ritual is all about creating a healing community or healing the community you live in.
Card of the Week: Death ~ Reversed
Where are you resisting change?
You are on the brink of meaningful change but are resisting it. This may have you feeling stuck. With Death in reverse, this week brings you the opportunity to embrace change, rather than resist it.
See what possibilities become available to you once you surrender to the process. When you learn to release the past your future becomes even brighter.
On a deeper level, you may also be experiencing a massive personal transformation. This is often in private and not seen by others. Allow yourself to release what no longer serves you and make space for the new to emerge in your life.
You may be removing fears and limiting beliefs, changing your habits, physically purging or transforming yourself. Say yes to change and see what wonderful opportunities present themselves to you.
Ask the Tarot: What do I need to let go of or release at this time?
FULL MOON DECEMBER 29, 2020 IN CANCER
December 21, 2020
Full Moon December 29, 2020 in Cancer
The last full moon of the year occurs on December 29, 2020, and is in the sign of Cancer.
Most everyone is happy to say goodbye to the year 2020.. What a year it has been! We never could have envisioned that the whole world would turn topsy turvy. Even though this year has turned things upside down for so many of us, it is important we look back on the gifts, even if they are hard to find.
What gifts were sent your way this year? What did you learn? What did you discover? How have you grown?
No matter what ups or downs you faced this year, chances are you have something in your life to be grateful for. Chances are there is a bit of love, hope, and joy just waiting to be tapped into.
The December 29-30 Full Moon arrives in the sign of Cancer. There is this sense of heightened emotions bubbling under this final full Moon of the year.
The blessings are being bestowed upon us in a powerful way on this full Moon. December’s cold Moon is a good time to evaluate the ordeals and trials of this past year. Again look for what was a blessing.
Can you feel the tension, truth, and emotions arise? This last full moon of the year often gives way to a lot of emotions we have hidden! Not to worry! Let the light into your heart and you will find your own truth. Find the spark of joy that is within you.
Your head may feel a little busy and our sub-conscious is out on the full show. What was hidden is now revealed and you will need to deal with it! We will all react differently to this. Some may feel exuberant and free, others tired and teary, some are hiding under the sheets, others shouting to the rooftops. So embrace whatever comes your way on this full Moon!
The Moon is very feminine; it’s all about our feelings being expressed and verbalized. Your head may feel a little busy and our sub-conscious is out on the full show. What was hidden is now revealed and you will need to deal with it! We will all react differently to this.
In Native American cultures which tracked the calendar by the Moons, December’s Full Moon was known as the Full Cold Moon. It is fittingly associated with the month when winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. Another name for this full Moon is Long Night Moon which is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. Other names for The December Full Moon are Oak Moon, Winter Moon, and Wolf Moon. This is the time of the Dark Lord, with the Oak being his symbol. It is the time of rebirth.
The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
The week of the Full Moon is filled with blessings from The Divine. So take some time to stop in the midst of the chaos of the holidays and appreciate all of the spiritual blessings that are coming to us at this time.
The Full Moon Is A Good Time To Set Your Intentions For The Next Year.
Think about what it is you really would like to accomplish in the next twelve months.
Write it out in a journal and update it throughout the year.
Make a vision board so you have a visual of what it is you want to achieve.
Take time to thank The Creator, all that is Divine and your Ancestors for another year.
Elements for the Cold Moon
Nature Spirits: Snow faeries, Storm faeries, Winter Tree faeries
Herbs: Holly, English Ivy, Fir, and Mistletoe
Colors: Blood red, white and black
Flowers: Holly, Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus
Scents: Violet, patchouli, rose geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lilac
Stones: Serpentine, jacinth, peridot
Trees: Pine, fir, holly
Animals: Mouse, deer, horse, bear
Birds: Rook, Robin, Snowy
Clean and shine the diamond of your soul and let that light shine before everyone, so that people wonder as you pass by-what it was that just touched their soul.
This is a wonderful time of year and definitely the time to send out your dreams to the universe. By doing this you will see the growth of what you have put out come springtime.
I wish all of my followers a happy holiday season, whether you celebrate one of the many festivals at this time of year or whether you are simply caught up in the cultural current of it all. Enjoy the cavalcade of lights. Let some of that peace and joy rub off on you. Find a corner of it all where you can contemplate, appreciate and illuminate your precious place in the Universe.
The Full Moon is an amazing time to receive a clairvoyant spiritual reading. It’s a great time to check in and see how things are going. This Spiritual reading is a great general reading to assess how your life is currently going and where you are on your path. Full Moon Reading info Click Here.
May your New Year Be Blessed!
Full Moon Blessings,
Heartwings Love Notes 963: Santa Claus Really is Real
Heartwings says, “The many names for Santa Claus all spell love.”
Christmas is coming. Children who believe and celebrate it on the 25th off December are eagerly anticipating filled stockings and presents under the tree. Family traditions vary, however. In our home, the only gifts Santa brought came in the stockings filled to be opened on Christmas morning. Those presents under the tree that was set up and decorated only on Christmas eve day, were tagged from family and others as well as we children to them. Thus, credit was given where credit was due and Santa got credit for the small, often useful gifts that filled whatever served us as stockings.
There is often discussion about what to tell children who believe in him. Some feel it is cruel to lie, and others enjoy perpetrating what is thought of as a myth. Perhaps the definition of real is the actual issue here. In my mind Santa Claus is quite real. He has been around for many centuries. He has had many names: Sinter Klaus (St. Nicholas), Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Daddy Christmas, Christmas Man, Grandfather Frost. Some of these are translations from the original language, all of them reflect the spirit of giving we celebrate at this time of the year.
Do I believe there is a man in a red suit who comes down the chimney? That was how the poem A visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Moore set it up to appear. Those children eight or under who believe, have this conception of Santa Claus. However, there are many other traditions from all over the world for the giving of gifts. Some involve shoes that are filled rather than stockings or gifts beneath the decorated tree. Others involve different dates and transportation: a sleigh wouldn’t do well in the Sahara Desert, but a camel would.
So, no, the chimney delivery is not part of my vision of Santa, but a place out of time associated with the top of the world is. There elves make magic and a jolly character with a big heart works to inspire the giving of love by those whose own hearts are open to it. That love pours down over the earth like warm maple syrup, sweetening thoughts and helping givers to share from their giving selves in whatever way they wish. The gift of a cheery smile–even behind a mask, a card, a phone call, a loving greeting is surely inspired by this wondrous person by whatever name and his helpers. What is more real than that.
May you give as you wish, whenever you wish, in the name of this season of love.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
PS What are your gift giving traditions? How do you feel about Santa Claus? I’m always so happy to hear from readers. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. For more Love Notes, check my web pages at http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com.
Honor What’s Old
BY BARBARA ARDINGER
We’ve come nearly to the end of th e year, to its midnight, to its eldest days. Everything seems old, old, old. This is the season of the crone, of the hag. Hag comes from hagia and means “holy.” The hag is the Holy One. In Northern Europe, hags, called volvas, were sibyls; an important Icelandic text is the Voluspa, “Sibyl’s Vision.” Thanks to the aging of the baby boom generation, we meet crones and sages every day.
Cast your circle and set your altar with gold, silver, and purple candles in holders, plus symbols of the stages of your life so far. Find your favorite agates (representing strength, courage, and longevity) in your collection and set them in the center. Using a feather, wave the energies of the candles toward yourself. Extinguish the candles.
Keep the agates on your altar and carry an agate in your pocket. Be kind to older citizens who may need some help sometimes.
BY SUSAN PESZNECKER
Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday honoring African-American culture and community. You can observe this celebration with your own mini-festival. If possible, do this with family and friends, for the real point of Kwanzaa is community.
You’ll need an item to represent each of Kwanzaa’s seven principles:
First night: Unity (an example of what I might use: a family photo)
Second night: Self-determination (a diploma)
Third night: Collective responsibility (two cords knotted together)
Fourth night: Cooperative economics (several coins)
Fifth night: Purpose (my planning journal)
Sixth night: Creativity (a sketch)
Seventh night: Faith (a piece of magical jewelry)
Festoon your altar with red, gold, green, and brown cloths, and add a chalice (filled with your celebratory drink of choice) and a brightly colored candle and holder.
Each evening, light the candle, place that evening’s item on the altar, and speak of that night’s principle. Share stories and ideas. Finish with drinks from the chalice and share your plan to take the Kwanzaa principles to heart. Then extinguish the candle.
Pinecones Aplenty Spell
BY LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF
At this time of year when we often give gifts to each other, don’t forget the wildlife, especially if snow covers much of the ground.
If you have pinecones where you live, gather some up and acquire some honey and birdseed. Affix a wire or sturdy string to the pinecone so you can both handle and hang it. Roll the pinecone in honey and then generously through the seeds, then let it set. Think:
A gift from me to all of you, so
you may see the winter through.
Now take the pinecone outside and affix it to a fence, pole, or tree branch so the birds and other critters may enjoy the treat. Replenish as necessary.
Celebrating the Magic of Winter
BY CHARLIE RAINBOW WOLF
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can still do this spell. You’ll need a twopiece clear plastic ornament. If you can’t get one, an empty clear plastic bottle will do. You’ll also need a selection of small, inexpensive items that represent what is important to you. Buttons from Grandma’s button jar, petals from your favorite flower, brightly colored yarn and thread, and colored pebbles are just a few options. I’m sure you can think of many more!
Put these items in the ornament (or bottle), and with each one you place, consider what gift it represents in your life. When the ornament (or bottle) is full, close it up and hang it on your tree, or place it outside on a tree branch or fence post. See it as a reminder of everything that is good and right in your life, because like energy always attracts like energy.
A Nameless Day with Huge Potential
BY CHARLYNN WALLS
The Celtic tree calendar has one day that exists outside of the calendar, as it does not belong to a particular tree. It is sometimes referred to as the “nameless day.” Due to the nature of this day, which is not tied to anything, it has limitless potential. Today is a great day to manifest your dreams into reality.
Take a piece of printer paper and place it in front of you. Through this paper, you can see that the possibilities are limitless. You can write, draw, or fold this paper, transforming it into countless new creations.
Take a few moments to think about what you want to manifest in your life. Then mark or fold the paper in front of you to make visible what you have only thought of before. Place this paper in a place where you can see it daily.
A Peace Candle Spell
BY JAMES KAMBOS
This candle spell is good to use any time, but it’s very helpful during the holiday season. Perform this spell before you have company, preferably a day or two ahead of time. It’s ideal to use if you’ll be entertaining relatives who don’t get along. You’ll need two white or blue candles, olive oil, and a white or blue piece of fabric.
First, rub each candle with a drop of olive oil. Visualize your guests enjoying themselves. Then wrap the candles in the fabric. Put the candles in a quiet place, such as a closet, for a day or two. This will let them magically charge.
Before company arrives, place the candles where your guests will sit. Safely light the candles. As they burn, “see” their flames surrounding your guests with peace and calm.
Yule Log Blessing
BY TESS WHITEHURST
Blessed Yule! Traditionally, a Yule log was burned as a symbol of the old, dark year being reborn as the fresh new cycle in the form of radiant, sparkling flames. To make this tradition your own, find yourself a nice, old log (nothing from a live tree) that will burn safely in your fireplace or fire pit. (Customarily, the log was oak.) To thank and honor the old year, anoint the log with essential oil of frankincense. To bless the new cycle and to fill it with sweetness, abundance, and luck, anoint the log with essential oil of cinnamon. (Be careful not to get any on your skin.) Place the log in the fireplace or fire pit and say:
Farewell to the old and welcome the new,
Heartfelt thanks for blessings true.
We honor now this sacred night,
When deepest darkness births the light.
Light the log and feel the magic.
The Problem is the Solution: Honoring the Journey of the New Year
~The Druid’s Garden https://druidgarden.wordpress.com/
Sunrise through the mist…the way may be uncertain but the sun will rise again
In Permaculture Design, one of the most challenging principles to enact is “The problem is the solution.” It seems simple on paper: you have a serious problem before you, perhaps seemingly insurmountable or overwhelming. Instead of reacting negatively to the problem, you look for how the problem presents unique opportunities. You resee your practices, hone them, make changes, and adapt to the problem so that that adaptation becomes a strength. In other words, you make lemonade from lemons–but more than that, you may actually improve your approach by having to consider new options to overcome obstacles. A simple example: I have a wet, muddy spot in my yard due to the downspout on my house. Rather than see this as a problem, I turn it into a lush rain garden, which is not only beautiful but also supports wildlife and pollinators. The problem becomes an amazing solution. I think that this principle may offer a great opportunity for us with the passing of 2020, and I wanted to reflect on that and share some thoughts today.
While the end of each year offers opportunities for change and growth, 2020 has been a year unlike any other for most of us. Regardless of where you are in the world, 2020 has created numerous challenges and problems. It has disrupted the normal patterns of life. Being an essential worker, losing your job or having job insecurity, fighting racism and oppression, feeling that your rights are being threatened by the government, being isolated from family and friends, having to deal with new family arrangements, losing loved ones, getting sick, being afraid of getting sick, political unrest–2020 has been incredibly difficult. While all of us continue to experience different challenges and aspects, as 2021 comes, it is an opportunity for deep changes in our lives.
Here’s the important takeaway: because life has been so incredibly disrupted this is the perfect time to make radical changes in your life. Coming out of this, every one of us has a clean slate, a ticket to change. For perhaps the first time in any of our lives, you can be anything you want to be, make whatever changes you want to make, and emerge from this a new person. Why not take the opportunity for growth?
For me, 2020 has been utterly brutal, particularly in what was once one of the most stable aspects of my life: my work life. I feel like I’ve been in the muddy, dark, and cold trenches all year when it comes to employment or lack thereof. But those trenches certainly have given me a good opportunity to reflect, to grow, and to change. This brutal situation has allowed me to look deeply into myself, to see what I value, who I am, and how I respond to the world. It has allowed me also to question some things that I don’t have a resolution on yet, and perhaps, it’s ok to be in a place of “I don’t really know.” There’s power in that. And it has allowed me to do some things for myself that I haven’t had a chance to do before.
My suggestion is to spend some time in meditation at the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021. Make some lists, and reflect on your journey. Here are some questions that might be useful to you–they were certainly useful to me:
Think about what you miss from your life before 2020.
Think about the things you are grateful not to have to deal with in 2020.
Reflect on your own personal response to the many situations in 2020: How did you feel? How did that challenge or deepen what you believe? What do you most value, perhaps unexpectedly, through all of this? What are you unsure of?
What “shadow” aspects of yourself did you have to confront or what aspects gave you trouble?
What shadow aspects did you see in others, and how did you respond?
Who do you want to be? Envision your best life and your best self coming out of this.
Sunrise and hope!
Take the opportunity presented by the challenge of 2020 to rewrite your own story for 2021 and beyond. Perhaps set some clear principles for yourself for the coming year, things you want to focus on, maintain or achieve. Put these principles somewhere you can easily see them and be reminded of what you have accomplished through this experience.
I see this kind of spiritual work as the antithesis to the typical New Year’s Resolution. Here in the US, the New Year’s Resolution is this cliche thing where everyone makes the resolution but nobody actually keeps them. Within a week or two of the New Year, most resolutions fade away and life as usual continues. The end of 2020 is not a time for empty resolutions but deep and lasting change. We’ve all had some serious disruption. Let’s make lemons from lemonade.
So who are you going to be, moving forward? What spiritual work might you need to do in order to get there? I’d love to hear you share.
The History of Hogmanay
by Ben Johnson
Only one nation in the world can celebrate the New Year or Hogmanay with such revelry and passion – the Scots! But what are the actual origins of Hogmanay, and why should a tall dark-haired stranger be a welcome visitor after midnight?
It is believed that many of the traditional Hogmanay celebrations were originally brought to Scotland by the invading Vikings in the early 8th and 9th centuries. These Norsemen, or men from an even more northerly latitude than Scotland, paid particular attention to the arrival of the Winter Solstice or the shortest day, and fully intended to celebrate its passing with some serious partying.
In Shetland, where the Viking influence remains strongest, New Year is still called Yules, deriving from the Scandinavian word for the midwinter festival of Yule.
It may surprise many people to note that Christmas was not celebrated as a festival and virtually banned in Scotland for around 400 years, from the end of the 17th century to the 1950s. The reason for this dates back to the years of Protestant Reformation, when the straight-laced Kirk proclaimed Christmas as a Popish or Catholic feast, and as such needed banning.
And so it was, right up until the 1950s that many Scots worked over Christmas and celebrated their winter solstice holiday at New Year when family and friends would gather for a party and to exchange presents which came to be known as hogmanays.
There are several traditions and superstitions that should be taken care of before midnight on the 31st December: these include cleaning the house and taking out the ashes from the fire, there is also the requirement to clear all your debts before “the bells” sound midnight, the underlying message being to clear out the remains of the old year, have a clean break and welcome in a young, New Year on a happy note.
Immediately after midnight it is traditional to sing Robert Burns‘ “Auld Lang Syne”. Burns published his version of this popular little ditty in 1788, although the tune was in print over 80 years before this.
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”
An integral part of the Hogmanay party, which is continued with equal enthusiasm today, is to welcome friends and strangers with warm hospitality and of course lots of enforced kissing for all.
“First footing” (or the “first foot” in the house after midnight) is still common across Scotland. To ensure good luck for the house the first foot should be a dark-haired male, and he should bring with him symbolic pieces of coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and a wee dram of whisky. The dark-haired male bit is believed to be a throwback to the Viking days, when a big blonde stranger arriving on your door step with a big axe meant big trouble, and probably not a very happy New Year!
The firework displays and torchlight processions now enjoyed throughout many cities in Scotland are reminders of the ancient pagan parties from those Viking days of long ago.
The traditional New Year ceremony would involve people dressing up in the hides of cattle and running around the village whilst being hit by sticks. The festivities would also include the lighting of bonfires and tossing torches. Animal hide wrapped around sticks and ignited produced a smoke that was believed to be very effective in warding off evil spirits: this smoking stick was also known as a Hogmanay.
Many of these customs continue today, especially in the older communities of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. On the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, the young men and boys form themselves into opposing bands; the leader of each wears a sheep skin, while another member carries a sack. The bands move through the village from house to house reciting a Gaelic rhyme. The boys are given bannocks (fruit buns) for their sack before moving on to the next house.
One of the most spectacular fire ceremonies takes place in Stonehaven, south of Aberdeen on the north east coast. Giant fireballs are swung around on long metal poles each requiring many men to carry them as they are paraded up and down the High Street. Again the origin is believed to be linked to the Winter Solstice with the swinging fireballs signifying the power of the sun, purifying the world by consuming evil spirits.
For visitors to Scotland it is worth remembering that January 2nd is also a national holiday in Scotland, this extra day being barely enough time to recover from a week of intense revelry and merry-making. All of which helps to form part of Scotland’s cultural legacy of ancient customs and traditions that surround the pagan festival of Hogmanay.
It is not always for us to know, the deeper meaning of everything that occurs in our life.
All of us who seek to be conscious and aware regard our experiences as teachers, and we try to discern what lessons we are learning from the things that happen in our lives. Sometimes the lesson is very clear from the get-go, and other times we have to really search to understand the deeper meaning behind some event. While this search often yields results, there also comes a point in the search where what we really need to do is move forward. It is possible that we are not meant to know the deeper meaning of certain occurrences. Answers may come later in our lives, or they may come as a result of letting go, or they may never come.
We are all part of a complex system of being, and things work themselves out in the system as a whole. Sometimes we are just playing a necessary part in that process with a result larger than we can understand. It may have very little to do with us personally, and while that can be hard to understand, it can also free us from overthinking the matter. Sometimes it is best to see it in terms of karma, a past debt we have been able to repay in this way, or as the clearing of energy. We can simply thank the event for being part of our experience and let it go. This completes the process that the occurrence has made possible.
To make this letting go official, we can perform a ritual, make a final journal entry on the subject, or sit in meditation with the intention of releasing the event from our consciousness. As we do so, we summon it one last time, honoring it with our attention, thanking it, and saying good-bye. We then let it go out the door, out the window, out the top of our heads, or into the earth through the bottoms of our feet, liberating ourselves from any burden we have carried in association with it.
Hereditary Witches: Learning To Work With Energy And Associations
BY KATIE GERRARD
I’m teaching my hereditary witch (otherwise known as my teenage daughter) the basics of modern paganism but we’re starting with basic energy and associations.
I described her first steps into ritual in this post
Since then, I’ve put together a small program with various learning objectives to ensure she gets the right kind of training at the right time.
When I teach adults, it seems natural to begin with the elements and their associations.
But that’s quite an abstract concept for younger teenagers. Their use of similes and metaphors probably isn’t as established as you’d expect. Whilst you don’t need to understand the elements to be a witch, I do feel the ability to draw links and associations is essential.
Being a witch for me is about picking up on things. How is my friend feeling today? What do my dreams mean? What does this omen represent?
Much of our symbolism is cultural, but I can’t expect my generational imagery to spark in her mind the same way it does in mine.
It’s important for my baby witch to learn what these things mean for her. After all, she’s the one sensing them. Not me.
Asking her what colour the element fire is or what animal she associates with water isn’t so useful. Instead, we started with emotions.
I asked her to think about different emotions – happiness, sadness, love, anger, hunger. We visualised these emotions one by one and considered how they made us feel. How did we stand? Where did we feel them on the body? Did they feel hot or cold? Energising or draining?
Then she created a list of various associations. We talked about what colour happiness was, what animal we associated with sadness, what food would love represent?
Emotional energy for young people is often felt in extremes.
They may be super guarded and protective, or they could be open and fluid and habitually absorb the energies of those around them.
They can be super confident and loud, or they can be apologetic and nervous, unsure of themselves and their changing bodies.
Happiness and sadness are also often felt as extremes.
As we teach paganism to young people, we’re eventually going to be asking them to command a circle and invoke elements.
Yet how can they do this without being able to command their own energy?
Casting a circle when you don’t feel confident in your own skin is difficult.
Much like learning theatre, the first step to witchcraft is being comfortable in who you are and using your voice.
This starts with learning where you start, and others end. It starts with being able to separate your emotions and feelings from those of the world around you.
Hence, we start by really focusing on what each of these energies feels like.
After we’ve taught our hereditary witches to sense emotions as energies, we can start to show them how to recognise the energy of themselves and their peers.
Many witches are extremely empathetic and find it hard to separate themselves from the world. Part of being a witch is learning to do this, firstly to prevent burn out, but also to be able to distinguish who you’re picking up messages from and for.
The next step therefore is really learning their own energy.
Who are they? How do they ‘feel’ energetically? What colour do they associate with themselves?
Once they’re aware of themselves they can start learning to shield and protect and strengthen their auras.
When they’re comfortable in where they begin and end, they can start to think about how their friends and family feel energetically.
Ask them to practise sensing who enters a room without looking up. Suggest they release their shields for a second or two when they meet friends and briefly sense how they think their friends are feeling that day.
This is also where the work on feelings comes into its own as they can begin to learn how they pick up psychism. They could sense as colours, or songs, or as temperatures. Try not to guide them towards what we assume their associations will be. Allow them to figure it out for themselves.
Part of learning witchcraft is learning about ourselves.
This is the second part of a series of blog posts I’m writing about how to train hereditary witches. Eventually it will become a stand-alone course which goes into far more detail than can be usefully covered in Patheos posts.
My House Is Haunted: Now What?
BY NATALIE FOWLER
As the whole world shut down for a global pandemic, stay-at-home orders everywhere forced people inside. As people began to spend more in their homes than they’d ever had to before, a few of us began to realize we weren’t as alone as we otherwise thought.
As a paranormal investigator, I often remind tour participants that their best ghost hunting tool is their own body, equipped with a variety of senses. One of the reasons we sit in the dark during a ghost hunt is to better tune in to the energies around us. We listen better with our ears. We can better feel when the temperature changes in our space. Our other senses are amplified when our sight is restricted.
When the daily distractions came to a grinding halt, it naturally made it a lot easier for all of us to tune in to the energies of our space—whether we wanted to or not. And sometimes, that meant realizing our space was a little more haunted than we originally thought.
It’s one thing to begin to understand that something is there—that an unseen energy is sharing and haunting our space. But the very next question becomes, what should we do about it? All of us have the ability to do more than we might think.
First, it’s important to understand the two different ways a space can be “haunted.” There are two types of energies that can haunt a space: Residual and Intelligent.
When a traumatic event occurs, or something repeatedly happens in a space over and over again, a residual energetic pattern can imprint on that space. It’s almost like a record player, replaying recorded sound waves.
For example, have you ever walked into a room after two people have argued? You might not even have had to witness the argument, but the tension can still be hanging in the air; it can feel heavy. Some of us who are more empathic and sensitive can physically feel that energy. Just imagine if someone argues in that same space over and over again for the course of days, weeks, months, or years. The amount of angsty, tense residual energy that can build up might very well be overwhelming for anyone to feel, empath or not.
Residual energy doesn’t always have to be sad and heavy. For example, a common paranormal occurrence up at the Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre, Minnesota is unexplained disembodied footsteps in the hallway. But this type of residual energy makes a whole lot of sense at a place like the Palmer House. In operation as a hotel for its entire existence, it was built in the early 1900s. Back then, it was ahead of its time with respect to indoor plumbing, boasting an indoor bathroom on each floor. Even still, there was only one bathroom that served a lot of residents and guests. Imagine for a moment what would happen every night as people would get ready for bed—they would walk down the hallway to get in line for the bathroom.
Residual energy can be cleared. Metaphysical tools like sage, Palo Santo, Florida Water, or even singing bowls and special crystals can be used to help clear and rebalance the energy of a space.
Clearing Residual Energy
In my humble opinion, there’s no wrong way to clear residual energy out of a space as long as the intent is clear. I usually burn sage and Palo Santo, mostly because I like the way they smell together. I start by setting an intention, which I repeat as I walk through the house.
I usually say some variation of, “I hereby breakup and release all of the negative energy in this space, may peace light and love be ever present.” But if it makes more sense for you to say something like, “Bad stuff be gone, good stuff take over,” then do that. This process is called “smudging.”
I never worry about walking in the right direction or making sure all of the windows are open. The more I start to worry about any of that, the more it takes away from my intent that any negative residual energy be replaced with light and love. In other words, worrying and having a lot of fear about “doing it wrong” is actually going to be the reason you do it wrong.
The other way a house can be haunted is by an intelligent energy. Intelligent energy is just that, intelligent…and oftentimes, interactive. An intelligent energy can move small objects around. It can reach out and touch a shoulder. It could tap on a wall in response to a question or command. It can even whisper your name from across the room.
But intelligent energy can come in different vibrations. A high-vibrational energy feels light, happy, and non-threatening. Often times, high-vibrational energies are our loved ones from the other side of the veil coming back to check in on us. After all, heaven can be wherever they want it to be and often, part of their heavenly experience can be popping in on us every now and then. When I was going through a rough stretch, I couldn’t turn around without bumping into one of my grandmothers. My father-in-law has been known to drop in at our house, and once he even turned on my husband’s stereo, which just happened to be playing a song that had been his favorite. I also love going into church and seeing how many people have their loved ones from the other side sitting right next to them.
A lower-vibrational energy (i.e. a ghost) often feels heavier, and more confused. Sometimes, this kind of energy actually needs help. If a soul didn’t go where it was supposed to go upon death, it can get trapped in what seems to be an in-between dimension—it’s one that overlaps with ours just enough that we know something is there. This energy can take a little bit more work to clear, in part because in that in-between dimension, there’s not a lot of clarity. Sometimes, these ghosts don’t even realize that they died.
Clearing Intelligent Energy
Even when a ghost does realize that it’s dead, getting a low-vibration intelligent energy to move along can be a little bit trickier. Why? Because an intelligent energy has freewill choice in death, as it did in life. If a soul chose not to go where it was supposed to go upon death, there is usually a reason. If a ghost specifically chose not to go to the light—that higher vibrational dimension—when it had the chance, waving some sage around is not going to get it to go where it is supposed to go now. When we’ve burnt sage at the Palmer House, I’ve actually watched ghosts simply go outside and wait for us to be done smudging. When the air has cleared, they go right back inside again.
I was investigating a property with my Ghost Stories Ink team once at a notoriously haunted property on the East Coast. We were having an intelligent interaction with an energy that we believed was the ghost of a woman who committed suicide. Throughout the course of our conversation, it became clear that this ghost was feeling guilty for a lot of the choices she had made in her life and this guilt was keeping her trapped in the dimension between this world and the next. By offering some words of kindness and compassion, we reassured this poor girl that she still deserved to go to heaven. After a few minutes, there was a big swirl of energy. The interaction stopped and it was obvious this ghost was gone.
It might feel a little silly to talk to the air, but it can’t hurt to give it a try. Sometimes, all a ghost needs is a little bit of reassurance that their loved ones are waiting for them or that they deserve to go where they should have gone all along. After all, at one time or another, that ghost was somebody’s grandmother, father, brother, daughter, or friend. And if one of my deceased loved ones were stuck somewhere they weren’t supposed to be, I know I’d be forever grateful to the person who noticed and tried to say a few words to try and help them.
In our world, there is always someone in need of our best efforts to rally a group of helpers and healers.
Cooperation seems simple: working together toward a common goal for the benefit of all involved. But amazingly it can be quite challenging, even when we have so many successful examples all around us. Human society is based upon the concept of cooperation, but finding a balance to ensure the good of all members of society is difficult. In nature, symbiotic relationships form between unlikely allies: a bee and a flower, a bird and a rhinoceros, small fish and sharks. Yet nature also shows us instances of constant competition in which only the strongest survive. Given the choice, it seems most people would choose the more peaceful path of cooperation. Intellectually, we know that together we can create something greater than what one could do alone, but cooperation still seems to be one of the greatest challenges people face. We don’t always agree on how goals can be reached. Our priorities may be different, or our methods, but in the end, cooperation offers the best chance for success.
So how can we learn to cooperate with each other? We can gain greater perspective by trying to understand one another’s point of view, perhaps even putting ourselves in their place. We can search for commonalities as well as differences, and look for the good in different approaches. There is always more than one way of doing things, and some approaches are better suited for certain situations than others. All this is easier when we let go of the necessity to be right and to call others wrong. More important, we must believe that there is a solution that benefits all involved, not just one side.
The results of cooperation can be as simple as effortlessly getting everyone in your household to their appointments to large-scale social shifts to changing minds and hearts or policies that affect the future.
The Healing Benefits Of Ceremonial Cacao
~My Little Magic Shop
Like most of the people in the world, we assume that you love chocolate. And even if you aren’t a big fan of it, we bet that you indulge in treating yourself to it from time to time. In today’s modern world, there isn’t anyone that doesn’t know what chocolate is, or that it comes from cacao. Well, mostly from cacao. What you don’t know is that cacao beans are actually very respected, spiritual plants especially with shamans.
The cacao plant is one of most respected plants for healing purposes, so much so that there are a lot of cacao ceremonies performed. In most, you willingly let go of something that has been holding you back, thus making space in your heart for a new, better healthier intention to take place.
But it also goes beyond that, because through the ceremony you get so in tune with yourself, that you get all the pieces of you that you knew and didn’t know existed communicating with each other
Christmas, Such a Wonderful Thing
By: Patty L. Fletcher
Good afternoon, and a Happy Holly Jolly Holiday to You!
Here in Patty’s World the sun is playing peekaboo, whilst trying mightily without success to poke holes in the chilly snow flurry filled clouds!
Prince Edward, A.K.A. Little Eddy is pouting mightily, because I’m ignoring his piteous meows!
“MURRRP! MEOW! Mother! Please? Can’t I have a bite of that delicious smelling meat?”
“No! Pfui! Scat! Away! From the oven!” I scold, Thud! Comes the sound of his landing on the bookcase, as he beats a hasty retreat.
When King Campbell A.K.A. Bubba left me for the land of the Rainbow Bridge to be their king, I never imagined Christmas would be such a magnificent thing.
I thought of it as if it were a nasty, dark day. I couldn’t imagine celebrating with my Bubba gone away. In my head it was something to dread. But then came Prince Edward, and with his loving purring, the awful dread fled.
Now, on this Christmas day, we’ve snow on the ground, taco soup in the crockpot, cookies baking in the oven, and for me, there’s no sadness to be found!
And so, I say to you, wherever you are, whatever you do, find some joy in the day for the creator is waiting to give it to you!
PS. Hungry yet?
Here’s the recipe for my world-famous taco soup!
Keep in mind that you can double or triple recipe if needed.
You can also change it up to your taste.
Two cans pinto beans. Include Broth from cans.
One can whole kernel corn, drained.
One-pound seasoned taco meat or use one-pound ground beef and add preferred seasonings. I was using the seasoned taco meat and I added a healthy pouring of hot sauce.
One can diced tomatoes with green chilies.
One pack chili mix.
One pack taco seasoning.
My secret ingredient, a half bag of Swedish meatballs. (They fell out of the freezer onto my toe so in they went.)
Let’s get cooking!
In a large skillet over medium heat brown the meat. If using regular ground beef, add in your preferred seasonings, such as onions, pepper, salt, etc.
While meat is browning, put the diced tomatoes, pinto beans, and corn into the crockpot and set pot temp on high.
Using one of your empty cans, mix the taco and chili seasonings by filling the can ¾ of the way with water, and mixing in the powdered mix. Once powder has dissolved pour into pot with beans and corn. Repeat the process for both packs of seasonings.
Mix into beans and corn and stir well.
When meat has finished browning, drain away excess Greece and add meat to crockpot.
Stir all well and let cook on high until soup begins to bubble. Depending upon your crockpot, between two and four hours.
When soup is bubbling well, stir well again, adding liquid if needed for desired broth.
I suggest using tomato juice for additional liquid. If no juice is to hand, tomato soup or sauce, Manwich or spaghetti sauce works well.
Turn crockpot down to medium and let cook two more hours. Then turn down to low and let simmer until you’re ready to eat. The longer it cooks, the better it will be.
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Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. She is Also a Social Media Marketing Assistant.
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Santa In the Buff by Stephen Halpert
It was an especially cold Christmas Eve Day. Mrs. Claus was doing her best to help keep everyone warm by brewing up her special holiday spiced rum. She was surprised when she noticed that the barrel of holiday spiced rum had been generously sampled.
“Ho, ho, ho!” Santa proclaimed. “With all that talk about climate change it’s a good thing we have spirits a ‘plenty to share so everyone keeps warm.”
Even the reindeer grumbled about having to fly on such a cold, treacherous night. “Isn’t it time the old man sprung for a private jet,” Blitzen complained to Prancer.
“Then what would become of us,” asked a shivering Dancer. “Look at it this way, we only have to fly around the world one night a year. The rest of the time belongs to us.”
“Thank goodness for the Reindeer Union.” Prancer said. “Otherwise, who knows what we’d have to do.”
As for Santa, he was glad he had ordered his new red long johns but even they couldn’t keep him warm and give him sufficient comfort for the icy night ahead. He sat shivering in the Chief Elf’s office sipping spiked hot spiced rum punch.
“New stop along the way,” the Chief Elf told Santa. “Happy Acres. He consulted an old parchment map. Seems to be located off the coast of Everlasting.”
The elves loaded Santa’s rickety old sleigh. The reindeer were hitched up, Santa kissed Mrs. Claus goodbye.”
“You’ve been sipping our spiced holiday rum,” she groused. “Best to stay away from children. We wouldn’t want them thinking Santa Claus has a drinking problem.”
“Ho, ho, ho,” he said giving her a slightly longer than usual hug. He climbed into his sleigh, cracked his whip and shouted “Up, up, and away.”
“Here we go again, sniffed Blitzen as they lifted the weighted sleigh into the cloudy night.
According to his delivery schedule Happy Acres turned out to be his last stop. As his sleigh landed, surprisingly he encountered three lovely young women dressed in nothing but their bare skins.
He blinked and blushed slightly. “Merry Christmas,” he said jovially.
“You can’t get in,” they chorused, “not the way you’re dressed.”
“But I’m Santa Claus,” he proclaimed. “I always dress this way.”
“Not here, not at Happy Acres. We’re not one of those high-end clothing optional resorts. We’re a magical, old fashioned nudist colony.”
“Nudist colony? You mean even in this cold weather?”
They all laughed together and then introduced themselves. “Hi,” I’m April,” said a leggy blond.
“Happy Holidays,” grinned a lithe redhead. “I’m May.”
“Why are you all dressed up,” asked a scintillating brunette?
Santa gazed at them and scratched his head. “Aren’t you cold?” he asked.
They laughed again. “Once you get out of that puffy red suit, you’ll see how warm nothing on can be.”
“This is very irregular.” Santa couldn’t keep from blushing.
“Let us help you out of all that unnecessary textile,” April said.
`”You’ll feel so good,” May assured him.
“We can make snow angels,” June invited.
“Come on,” April said. “Give it a try. You might find nudism quite habit forming. Plus, you’ll save a bundle on laundry and dry cleaning.”
“Of course,” April assured him. “It’s so healthy being au natural out here in the snow.”
The very thought of that caused Santa to shiver. “Why I’ve never even taken off my gloves outdoors.”
“Once you remove those depressing textiles, you’ll feel a lot happier with no dressed up concerns.”
April began unbuttoning Santa’s puffy red coat. May started unfastening his boots. June took his Santa cap and looked at it oddly.
“People really cover their heads with this? How absolutely repressive. Your brains need to feel free.”
April started unbuttoning Santa’s heavy black trousers.
“Please! Not in front of the reindeer!”
But nothing he said could kept the three charming nymphs from their task. And within moments, all Santa had left was his new red long johns. “This is very irregular,” he complained.
“Give it a try,” April coaxed. “Remember no one is born dressed. Nudism is a completely natural state.”
“I suppose that that’s true,” Santa said.
Finally, his new red long johns were taken from his body and added to his pile of clothes. A very surprised, somewhat embarrassed and definitely chilly Santa stood looking at the three nude maidens. They smiled, and giggling took his hands. “Come on let’s go make snow angels after a dip in the icy pond
Quite surprisingly, after a few splashes Santa wasn’t cold anymore. He felt younger, lighter and happier than ever. His eyes appeared way bluer, his grin wider and his boyish spirit blossomed.
“This is wonderful,” he jumped up and down. Then as April, May and June hugged him, he began laughing.
“You have beautiful white hair,” April said.
“And such bold features,” May added. “I’d love to paint you just as you are right now.”
“Maybe you’ll stay with us here at Happy Acres,” June suggested.
“I’m certainly feeling better than I did than earlier today. But I have a job to oversee at the North Pole.”
“Maybe you could stay for just a little while. Even Santa Claus deserves a vacation.”
Santa wondered how Mrs. Claus and the Chief Elf would respond to his newly discovered freedom. He shared his concerns.
“Bring them to Happy Acres. Once your wife and friends experience naturalism they’ll be so happy,” April assured him.
“And warmer,” May smiled. “Nudism is so magical.”
“Come on Santa, let’s go to the clubhouse and meet all the residents,” June urged. And he did.
Inside the clubhouse the residents were dancing around a tall green spruce. No one appeared self-conscious, and Santa sensed there were no cares concerning the usual everyday inhibitions of life.
After many hours of frivolity with his new friends, Santa proclaimed “I have to leave now. It’s been wonderful, and I appreciate learning what naturalism is all about. I’ll be back for sure.”
As the morning light dawned Santa climbed back into his sleigh for his flight back home. He felt so much younger and happier.
Even the reindeer seemed friskier. As his sleigh rose upward, he waved to his newly discovered friends. “I’ll be back,” he assured them. “And perhaps next time I’ll even bring Mrs. Claus with me. Merry Christmas to all,” he said gleefully as the reindeer lifted him above the stars.
Returning to the North Pole, Santa looked forward to sharing his adventure as a naturalist with Mrs. Claus and the chief elf. He enthused about the fun he’d had frolicking in the buff with his new friends.
Mrs. Claus frowned and turned to the Chief Elf, “Best we do something about the potency of the Holiday Spiced Rum punch we concocted.”
The Chief Elf nodded in agreement, “Yes indeed,” he said, “best we do.”
Answer Cat’s Questions Day
Here is a fun little experiment for this day. For those of you who have cats as pets and/or familiars, let today be Answer Cat’s Questions Day. One of my cats literally answers one specific question: when I ask (in a sing-song catlike voice) Where are you? Stars always answers Right here! in her sing-song cat voice. Now, who knows if she knows what is being asked or if she is really answering, but seeing as we always partake in this ritual around feeding time-well, I think it’s safe to say we both know what is being asked and answered.
Just for fun, try this game. Sit with your cat(s) and tell them out loud that you will answer any questions they have. See what happens and write down the results. Say:
“My furry friend, my special companion,
What questions do you have for me?
Help me understand, I will do my best,
And give you answers happily.”
This post was written by Emyme
Stella Talks Caroling
With the holidays upon us, I asked my cat, Stella, what she thinks of carolers. It went about as expected.
Hey Stella, what do you think about caroling?
Is that when the neighbors attack us?
They don’t attack us, Stella.
Waltzing up the front walk, howling and screeching, displaying TEETH — that’s apex-predator behavior right there.
That’s caroling, Stella. And you weren’t very nice last year, if I remember.
I saw Mr. Henderson’s MOLARS. It’s game on when you show a cat a molar.
They were just being friendly. It’s called Christmas cheer.
Hard to feel cheerful when you’re gazing into the abyss of Mr. Henderson’s gaping maw.
Can you stop with Mr. Henderson? He’s a nice man.
I think he has a second row of teeth. One right behind the other, like a shark. Or a manatee.
Anyway, you were very rude. They were even trying to give you candy canes.
You mean the steel batons disguised as candy canes? The batons they were going to STRIKE me with?
No, I mean the candy canes they were trying to give you because I told the neighbors you love to play with candy canes.
You told them I love to play with candy canes?
They asked what they could bring you.
Huh. And I suppose by singing We Three Kings they weren’t issuing a proclamation that they were going to take the house and throw us to the wolves?
Is that what you thought?
Have you heard the lyrics? It’s practically a battle cry.
I hate to break it to you, Stella, but caroling is about spreading joy, not threats.
Then somebody get Mr. Henderson a voice coach. He wouldn’t last a day caroling on the Serengeti.
I think he has a fine voice. In fact, the neighbors asked me to join them this year.
As what? Weapons holder?
As a fellow caroler.
Seems about right. When you sing in the shower I have flashbacks of fighting hyenas.
You’ve never fought a hyena.
I’ve thought about it a lot, though.
So you think I have a bad voice? Is that what you’re saying?
I don’t know. Sing something.
Fine, I will. ‘Cause it’s a thriller, thriller nigh —
OH, PLEASE STOP!
What? Is my voice that bad?
THAT’S what you choose to sing?
What’s wrong with Thriller?
You’re a middle-aged guy talking to a cat. Don’t add singing Thriller to the list.
Well, I was going to ask you to join us, but you seem to have the wrong idea about caroling.
Me? In the brigade?
Not a brigade.
Fine — platoon, mob, posse, whatever.
We’re just carolers. Go with “group.”
Can we at least be a squad? Seems like we’re missing an opportunity here.
Do you want to go or not, Stella?
That depends. Are there carols that don’t sound like they’ve been covered in dust for a century?
How do you mean?
Did AC/DC write any carols?
You know, maybe you shouldn’t go. It could get a bit nasty out there, what with all the attacking and whatnot.
You might be right. That Bulldog up the street is going to make a mess of you once he gets a load of Mr. Henderson’s molars. You should put him in back.
Don’t worry, he’ll take up the rear.
If you need to talk any more strategy, I’m here. I’ve watched a TON of Nat Geo.
I know you have, Stell.
Georgia’s Weekly Horoscope
December 27, 2020
It’s the last week of 2020, which means we can say goodbye to a harrowing, hellish year. As we do so, the Sun and Mercury are in Capricorn. Venus is in Sagittarius, and Mars has only 10 days left in Aries. Thank goodness! (Normally, once every two years, Mars is in Aries for six weeks. But this year, Mars has been in Aries for six months!) Plus, from Sept. to mid-Nov., Mars was retrograde, which was brutal. That’s why this week is like asking someone why they’re banging their head against the wall. “Because it feels so good when I stop!” Will next year be better? Yes. Emphatically. Except for those who suffer from CRS (compulsive renovation syndrome). Warmest wishes for a Happy New Year to everyone!
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Well, it is so very, very rare that your ruler Mars would be in your sign for six months like it has been this year. In one way, it boosted your energy and gave you an enormous drive and determination. However, when it went retrograde, it created indecision and negative factors in your life. In 10 days, this will be over. Meanwhile, the Sun and Mercury are at the top of your chart making you look wonderful to others, especially bosses, parents and important people. You want to talk to them and vice versa, they want to communicate to you. It’s a good time to ask what you want because they see you in such positive terms and with Mars still in your sign, you have the gumption to go after what you want!
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
It’s not surprising that fiery Mars is entering your sign in 10 days to boost your energy and give you lots of drive for about six weeks. The reason this makes sense is because you’re entering such a powerful year! A year where you will be recognized for your achievements. Meanwhile, this week, you need a change of scenery and would love to travel or do something different. You’re keen to to study and learn new things. This same intellectual enthusiasm can be used to write or finish an important paper. Physical intimacy will be affectionate. Many of you will also receive gifts, goodies and favours from others – even cold, hard cash. Yes!
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
As this year ends, relations with others are delightful and warm because fair Venus is opposite your sign. Venus makes you patient and tolerant. It also makes it easier for you to see what others are experiencing. Once you appreciate what someone else is going through, you have a better understanding of them and therefore, sympathy for what they’re dealing with. That’s all anyone wants is a little understanding. (Well, that and seconds on dessert.) This week your focus is on the wealth and resources of your partner and others. Your emotions are intense. Hey, let’s hope others appreciate what you are going through!
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
For the last six months, Mars has been at the top of your chart arousing your ambition. This is why no matter what you have been undergoing, you have had a fierce determination to continue the fight. This has been useful for you; however, from Sept. to mid-Nov. when Mars was retrograde, you might have felt confused about your life direction. “What’s it all about, Alfie?” Right now, relations with coworkers are smooth and supportive. With the Sun opposite your sign, you will continue to need more sleep for the next three weeks; however, this also gives you more objectivity in your closest relations, which is a good thing. In fact, it’s a gift to be explored.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Yahoo! Venus is travelling through the most fun part of your chart! Venus is a very social influence. This means you want entertaining diversions and fun times with others. (Admittedly, it weakens your self-discipline.) But it will improve relations with kids as well as your own creative output. It favours romance and socializing with others because you feel there’s no need to pretend to be what you are not. You are someone who values your integrity. Leos rarely sell out. (All that Leo schtick: royalty, nobility and pride.) You will begin your new year very strong because Mars will be at the top of your chart in 10 days, and this will arouse your ambition as never before!
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The planets are supportive to you now. Venus encourages home entertaining and enjoying times with family. Or you might prefer a quiet time at home with yummy food and drink. “To the good life!” In addition, the Sun and Mercury are in the most playful part of your chart, which means you want to escape on a vacation, enjoy social diversions, explore the entertainment world and have fun with kid’s activities. This same influence promotes romance. In fact, Mars is currently heightening your sex drive! All in all, you are blessed! Take a moment to alphabetize your blessings.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
You wind up this year with a focus is on home, family and perhaps home repairs. Certainly, family discussions are taking place. Fortunately, with Venus in your House of Communications, you’ll be tactful, diplomatic and charming. Here is some good news for you: For the last six months, fiery Mars has been opposing your sign. (This is most unusual! The last time this occurred for this long was 32 years ago in 1988.) This has tested your patience with partners and close friends! From their POV, you’ve been a handful. In 10 days, when Mars moves on, all your relations with others will improve! Whew!
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Even though this year is winding down, you are winding up! You are so busy! Reading, writing, studying, appointments, phone calls, Zoom sessions, small trips and other demanding errands have given you full schedule! Fortunately, many of you will attract money to you, which is a good thing. Furthermore, Mars is in a part of your chart that is helping you to work hard. (This has been your secret power!) Your busy pace will continue right into the beginning of 2021. Next month, you can have a breather and focus on home and family. Until then – carry on!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You often have big plans and big ideas. This week, most of your ideas are connected with money, earnings and what you plan to do with your possessions. Actually, these are fitting considerations as this year ends because it’s time to take stock. Many of you will be have residential moves in the next two years and possibly even a job change, which could mean your focus on possessions will be stronger than usual. (There’s an old army saying: “Three moves are worth a fire.”) With Venus in your sign now, everyone loves you. (Venus has a way of doing that.) Get ready to work hard in January when Mars moves into your House of Employment.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This continues to be a strong time for you with the Sun, Mercury and Pluto in your sign. That’s why you make a great impression on others and are able to attract people and favourable situations to you. This good fortune will last until January 19. It’s a good idea to think about ways to boost your earnings because this will be possible for you in the year ahead when you will get richer! Further good news is that the conflict, tension and increased activity and chaos that you have felt on the home front will diminish in two weeks. “And there was a great calm on the land and it was good.”
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
For the last six months, fiery Mars has been in your House of Communications, which makes you identify strongly with your opinions! In fact, you identify so strongly with your ideas that you have been more inclined to be argumentative. If someone disagrees with you, you take it personally. Furthermore, if you’re excited about an idea, you want everyone else to jump on board, which is why you might be a bit pushy. Naturally, this can trigger conflicts with your immediate neighbours, relatives and people whom you encounter daily. But it has helped you to sell yourself even if at times, it’s got you in trouble. You’ll be glad to know that in 10 days everything will return to normal – whatever that is. I am speaking to an Aquarian, after all. Meanwhile, in one month, you will shine!
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You are popular and will stay popular for the next three weeks. Enjoy hanging out with others, especially younger people. Friendships are especially important to you now. In addition, you’ll find that this is a great time to cooperate with others and work in tandem with them. (It’s a win/win.) With Venus high in your chart, it’s easy to get along with bosses and VIPs. (Oh yeah, your stylin’!) For the last six months, Mars has heightened your interest in business, earning money plus shopping. Many of you have been making big purchases! (Yes, the PS5.) In 10 days, Mars will leave your Money House and move into your House of Communications, which will make you busy, assertive and much more confident. You won’t hesitate to speak up for what you want. Plan for this moment.
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